GREEN FINGERS: From left, Jeremy (11), Bodie (6) Kirk (4) and dad Martin Fox of Lennox Head at the tree-planting day on Lennox Headland.
GREEN FINGERS: From left, Jeremy (11), Bodie (6) Kirk (4) and dad Martin Fox of Lennox Head at the tree-planting day on Lennox Headland. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Community works to create littoral rainforest at Lennox Head

UNTIL last week Jack Alder of Lennox Head had never planted a tree.

But now the 13-year-old can proudly say that he has planted littoral rainforest seedlings on Lennox Point, one of the most iconic headlands in Australia.

Jack spent Friday morning with his sister, Rosie, 15, and dad, Kevin, planting the trees as part of the Lennox community tree-planting day.

"I saw the signs a week or so ago and I thought it would be a nice thing to do with the kids," Mr Alder said.

Their planting companion was Dominique Toldi, also of Lennox Head.

"I only found out about the tree planting day yesterday," she said.

"But I thought, 'why not?'. It's a beautiful day and it's good to get involved."

The event has been run for the past 11 years by GeoLINK and Ballina Shire Council.

It is supported by Lennox Head businesses, the Lennox Head Lions Club and Lennox Head Landcare.

The council's natural resource extension officer, James Brideson, said they planted 1000 trees on the day.

"These are littoral rainforest seed- lings," he said.

"The area we are planting this year is very wind-exposed, so we'll be putting up some shade cloth to protect the trees.

"This is a great project and a lot of good work has been done over the years."

The goal is to bring back the rainforest as it existed before the 1800s and creating a lasting natural legacy.

Each year the community tree-planting day is held as close as possible to World Environment Day, which is on June 5.



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